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Lower Manhattan, Chelsea, Koreatown and Midtown West: four of Manhattan’s most-visited neighborhoods are positively brimming with must-see sights and can’t-miss attractions. Wondering where to start? See our recommendations below, along with short videos from content creator Laura Peruchi, covering all the major highlights.
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Why You Should Visit: The narrow southern tip of Manhattan affords the opportunity to explore everything from the Financial District to the Seaport all in the same day.
● : SkyPod elevators go up 102 stories in 47 seconds, taking you to the highest viewpoint in the City. Take in breathtaking 360-degree panoramas and complete your visit with your pick of contemporary American dishes and a handcrafted cocktail at One Dine.
● Shop at and the : Brookfield Place features dozens of luxury brands, along with 20 or so places to eat including a Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar and the 30,000-square-foot French marketplace Le District. Centered around the Oculus of the World Trade Center Transportation Hub, the Westfield World Trade Center has many additional shops like upscale clothing retailers, cafés and, of course, the markets and restaurants of Eataly.
● : The historic street holds the New York Stock Exchange and Federal Hall, the site of George Washington’s inauguration. Nearby are other major attractions, including the Charging Bull sculpture and Trinity Church.
● : Located on the site where hundreds of 17th- and 18th-century Africans were buried in an unmarked cemetery, this memorial shines a light on the role slavery played in building New York City, and offers tours, educational exhibits and moving live events. Note: certain outdoor features of the .
● Spend some time above ground at the memorial’s reflecting pools, located within the footprints of the former Twin Towers, and consider booking an Early Access Museum Tour, an intimate experience available before the site opens to the public.
● : On the banks of the East River, this neighborhood is a waterfront wonderland of shopping, dining and learning. Among the highlights: free tours of the permanently moored 1885 tall ship Wavertree and culinary adventures at the new Tin Building, courtesy of chef-restaurateur Jean-Georges Vongerichten.
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Why You Should Visit: Bustling with galleries, restaurants and some of the best people-watching in the City, Chelsea has much to recommend it. Plus, it’s just a hop and a skip from the scenes and sounds of neighborhoods like the Flatiron District, NoMad and Gramercy.
● : At the first museum in the US dedicated exclusively to posters, you can check out their shop. It sells a wide variety of original posters, from beloved vintage classics to fresh-off-the-press contemporary designs.
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Why You Should Visit: This neighborhood, at the southern end of Midtown Manhattan, is situated near some of the most iconic sights and sounds in the City.
● With 360-degree views of the city that stretch 80 miles and showcase attractions like Central Park and One World Trade, the Empire State Building and its observation decks provide visitors an essential NYC experience.
● and the : In the summer, Bryant Park puts on free outdoor movie nights, and in winter it features a skating rink and one of the City’s most popular holiday markets. All year round, you can check out concerts, the carousel and the New York Public Library’s flagship location, adjacent to the park.
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Why You Should Visit: Rockefeller Center. The Museum of Modern Art. Central Park on your doorstep. Need we say more? There’s nothing like the urban majesty of the City’s center.
● and : Rockefeller Center offers three sky-high observation decks with far-reaching views and outdoor space. Back on the ground, and just around the corner, you’ll find Radio City Music Hall, home to the Rockettes.
● : One of the largest, most influential and most visited museums of modern art in the world, MoMA is home to an extensive collection and rotating exhibits that feature world-renowned paintings, sculpture and so much more.
● and : The main artery of the City’s shopping scene has something for high-end fashionistas and bargain hunters alike. Also on Fifth: St. Patrick’s Cathedral, an architectural marvel and home to a massive 7,855-pipe organ.
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